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This Week in DPPA: 3 - 10 July 2020


3 - 10 July 2020

This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world.


Afghanistan – Community support crucial for ending domestic violence during COVID-19
A community sensitive to signs of domestic violence is a key component to ending violence against women during the COVID-19 pandemic, said participants in a series of UNAMA-backed radio programmes broadcast across Afghanistan. In the interactive shows – which have so far aired in 20 provinces in April, May and June – experts and radio hosts answered questions posed by local residents about the pandemic’s impact on their families and talked about ways to cope effectively with the situation.
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Security Council

Secretary-General sounds alarm on situation in Libya
“Time is not on our side in Libya,” Secretary-General António Guterres warned during the Security Council’s latest review of the situation in the North African country. “The conflict has entered a new phase with foreign interference reaching unprecedented levels, including in the delivery of sophisticated equipment and the number of mercenaries involved in the fighting,” he said on 8 July. “All peace efforts by Libyans, the UN and others internationally will be for naught as long as the warring parties in the country can expect, and get, armed support from third countries. It’s long past time to respect the arms embargo and truly encourage negotiations,” Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo tweeted after the briefing.
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Ibn Chambas: “COVID-19 pandemic is amplifying and exacerbating pre-existing conflict drivers”
Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas on 9 July briefed the Council on the situation in West Africa and the Sahel and the work of UNOWAS in the region. “The growing linkages between terrorism, organized crime and inter-communal violence cannot be overemphasized. Terrorists have continued to exploit latent ethnic animosities and the absence of the State in peripheral areas to advance their agenda,” the Special Representative said. On the ongoing global health crisis, Mr. Ibn Chambas noted that “The COVID-19 pandemic is amplifying and exacerbating pre-existing conflict drivers with grave implications for peace and security in West Africa and the Sahel.”
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Meeting on violence reduction
Deborah Lyons, Special Representative and Head of UNAMA, on 6 July attended a meeting led by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Nearly 20 regional organizations, including the UN, discussed violence reduction and other key issues. “A pleasure to participate in today´s regional meeting on peace in Afghanistan. As always, UN stands ready to do what it can to help all parties and all member states bring peace at long last to this deserving country and unlock the potential of this promising region,” the Special Representative tweeted after the meeting. 
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Special Representative visits Kurdistan
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative and Head of UNAMI, on 8 July met with Nechirwan Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region, in Erbil. They discussed political, security and health developments, including Baghdad-Erbil relations. The Special Representative also met with Prime Minister Masrour Barzani.
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West Africa and the Sahel

“It has been a privilege and an honor for me to serve the United Nations”. Interview with Ruby Sandhu-Rojon
After more than 30 years of service, Ruby Sandhu-Rojon, Deputy Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), is retiring from the United Nations. “I would like to recognize the contribution that the United Nations has made to development and peace globally. If we compare the situation 50 years ago to today, we see that there has been tremendous progress in terms of improving people’s lives,” she says in the interview. 
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Special Representative presents Secretary-General’s report to media
"It is encouraging that the Government and FARC have taken steps to adapt to the pandemic, including through joint efforts,” Special Representative Carlos Ruiz Massieu said on 3 July while presenting to the media the Secretary General's quarterly report on the Verification Mission in Colombia. Ruiz Massieu noted that the pandemic, and the social distancing and isolation measures it has necessitated, have affected peace-related programs and had a significant negative impact on vulnerable communities impacted by the conflict. The Special Representative regretted that despite the Secretary-General's call for a global ceasefire, violent actions continue in some regions of the country, affecting the security guarantees for communities, social leaders, human rights defenders and former combatants committed to the reintegration process. On 14 July, Carlos Ruiz Massieu will present the report to the Security Council. 
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